Hats off to Harry Chauvel!

The Australian Army’s slouch felt hat with its distinctive upturned left side of the brim and rising sun badge is an iconic symbol of the camaraderie of Australian soldiers. The slouch hat’s mark in history is rooted in Australia’s involvement in the First World War, although its history dates back to the 1800s. Over time […]

The Anzac legend begins

The approaching Anzac Centenary has been the impetus for us to research the collection and identify interesting items for students, teachers, armchair historians and anyone interested in Queensland history. In this post we are looking at records that specifically refer to the early days of the Gallipoli campaign. The Dardanelles is the name of the […]

Exhibitions, essays, letters and more

As well as the many great posts we have here on our First World War blog, we’ve also been commemorating the First World War in many other ways. Exhibition Our ‘Going to War’ exhibition is in our foyer exhibition space at QSA’s premises – 345 Compton Rd Runcorn. The first in a series of exhibitions, […]

The Albany Commemorative Convoy Event

The first convoy of Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) was remembered as part of the Anzac Centenary commemorations on Saturday 1 November 2014 in Albany, Western Australia. This first convoy included a contingent from Queensland which embarked from Pinkenba in September 1914. This departure happened without fanfare. Police Department correspondence […]

The term ‘Anzac’

With recent Anzac commemorations, in this post we look at the use of the term ‘Anzac’. Current regulations and legislation ensure the word ‘Anzac’ is used appropriately. As the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website says, the word ‘Anzac’ can’t be used in connection with: any trade, business, private residence, boat, vehicle or charitable or other institution, […]

What to call the war

The first hurdle when searching for records relating to the First World War, or The Great War, is what to call it. Our records containing First World War information were created during or shortly after the war of 1914–1918. Recordkeepers of the day simply used the term their department was using when they registered, bundled […]